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Has Scotland gone mad politically?

Last night there was a general election debate on BBC TV involving the six Scottish party leaders. A woman in the audience, a nurse, asked Nicola Sturgeon an awkward question about the NHS. The details of the question and their … Continue reading

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The Scottish Six is dead: Mr John Nicolson MP disnae like it

11 a.m. same day: Hoist by my own petard as the BBC have just announced a new TV channel (well five hours a night) for Scotland and various other goodies for BBC Scotland. Completely unexpected and plenty of detail still to … Continue reading

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Dancing with ambiguities

It was a smart move of the BBC to ask this year’s Reith lecturer, philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah, to give his lecture on ‘Country’ in Scotland (audio here, transcript here). It was one a series he called ‘Mistaken identities’ but … Continue reading

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Scotland and the Olympics 2012 – 2016

Forgive the parochialism and sheer bloody small-mindedness of this post, but it’s not me, it’s the nationalists (or some of them) wot done it. 2012. My memory of the London Olympics, fallible, but there you go … positive feelings all … Continue reading

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The Scottish Six – who wants it, why, and should they get it?

I’ve been pondering a comment on the so-called Scottish Six news bulletin since the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s report on the government’s ‘BBC White Paper and related issues’ was published the other day. The report is brief, only … Continue reading

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Map expert Monaghan strikes again

I really shouldn’t bother with this. It’s trivial. But properly considered it reveals some telling lessons. If you want the fun side of the subject hunt around on Twitter for the already voluminous number of jokey responses to Paul Monaghan … Continue reading

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Just a weekly rant …

Sometimes you just have to sound off. This is the week our First Minister went walkabout in Govanhill, not a high heel in sight, all jeans and street cred, i-Phone poking out of back pocket (presumably, with minders in attendance, … Continue reading

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